The U.S. mover rate may have hit record lows in the last few years, but more than 11% of the population is still on the move. That’s over 32 million people. According to Allied Van Lines, more than half of those people moved between May and September.
Summer is the busiest season for moving by far, but why is that? If you’re among the millions of Americans that plan to move this year, the five points below may be why summer is the best time for a relocation.
Kids Are Out of School
One of the top reasons more people move in the summer than other seasons is school. Parents don’t want to worry about disrupting their child’s school work, and starting a new school in the middle of the year can be socially trying on kids. It’s easier all around to get kids enrolled in a new school during the summer and let them start with all the other students at the beginning of the school year.
College is another factor. Students that are moving from the dorm or their parents’ house are most likely to do so in the summer before the fall semester starts. Students that graduate at the end of spring are also on the move as they start post-college life.
Southern California may be known for fantastic weather year round, but the same can’t be said in other regions. It can be pretty hot in some cities in the west and south, but all-in-all the summer weather makes moving easier. There’s no concern over the cold, snow or icy road conditions like there is up north in the winter. It’s also less likely to rain like it does in the spring.
Another benefit of the summer weather is yard sales. It’s the time of year when weekend bargain hunters are most willing to stop and check out the used goods. You have a better chance of making some extra moving money and reducing the amount of stuff you have to pack.
More Homes Are on the Market
If you want to move up into a new home of your own the summer is the best season. This is when the real estate market is most active with eager buyers that are ready to move. Homeowners want to capitalize on the increased buyer interest, and as a result, you’ll find the best selection of homes for sale between May and August. The end of June and July is also when many leases end, which makes it the perfect time for renters to relocate.
Real estate and moving go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re buying, selling or renting, when property exchanges hands a moving truck isn’t far behind.
Summer is a Social Season
Moving out of town means you’ll need to rebuild your social circle, and there’s no better time to do that than the summer. The great weather and more hours of daylight encourage people to get out and about. Neighborhoods are having block parties, people are throwing barbecues, intramural sports leagues are in full swing.
Work Schedules Are More Relaxed
Chances are the office is more lax between June and August. People are taking vacations, there’s no pressure to hit end of year goals, things seem to move at a slower pace and the weather makes everyone want to knock off early. It tends to be easier to take a few days off if you’re moving during this period. Plus, less stress in the office really helps during a move.
Are you moving this summer? Then you’ll need to make sure utility services are set up at your new home! Spark Energy provides fixed rate electric and gas service in several markets around the country. All you have to provide is your address to find out if we offer plans in your new neighborhood.